Perceived employability and career adaptability of engineering graduates
The new demands of the labor market have led to
the emergence of more comprehensive and complexes
employability models, including not only a set of skills
determining employability but also a subjective dimension that
integrates personal beliefs and attitudes. Besides that, there is
also evidence that individuals' psychological resources, namely
in terms of career adaptability, are significantly associated with
further employability. In this paper, we present data on the
perceptions of employability (four dimensions: my university,
my study field, the labor market, and self-efficacy) and on the
adaptability resources (concern, control, curiosity and
confidence) of master's final-year students (n=362), comparing
a group of engineering students with students from other study
fields (Social Sciences and Humanities and Economics).
Regarding the perceptions of employability, the obtained results
demonstrate that engineering graduates present more positive
perceptions in the dimensions of study field and of external
labor market, comparing with their colleagues from other fields.
Concerning career adaptability resources, the differences are
reversed, with engineering students with scoring lower in the
dimensions of concern and confidence.
This work was supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia [SFRH/BPD/92331/2013] and by CIEd – Research Centre on Education, projects UID/CED/1661/2013 , UID/CED/1661/2016, Institute of Education, and Project UID/CTM/00264/2019 of 2C2T – Centro de Ciência e Tecnologia Têxtil , University of Minho, through national funds of FCT/MCTES-PT.
Ano de Publicação: 2021